ID Plate of the Junker Ju 88 (Credits: Volksbund)

Wreckage of a Junker Ju 88 found in a Russian Wood

A wreckage of a World War II aircraft from the German Luftwaffe has been discovered in a Russian wood. Volksbund announced the discovery on November 14, 2019.

Although little information has been released by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., they did confirm the wreckage is of a Junker Ju-88, a twin-engined multirole combat aircraft. It saw use during the war as a bomber in various uses, combat and night fighter and as a reconnaissance aircraft. The Junker Ju 88 saw its first flight in 1936 and would finally retire in 1951.

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During the recovery of the wreckage various equipment was found and also remains and a dog tag (‘Erkennungsmarke’) of a German pilot were found. Based on the factory number of the aircraft, names of the crew can also be identified, bringing closure to the family of the missing airmen.

No more information was released by the Volksbund at this moment. Should anyone be able to provide us more information, all help is welcome.

A Junkers 88 A-1, of Kampfgeschwader 51 with its crew in 1940. (Credits: Bundesarchiv)
A Junkers 88 A-1, of Kampfgeschwader 51 with its crew in 1940. (Credits: Bundesarchiv)
Location site of the wreck (Credits: Volksbund)
Location site of the wreck (Credits: Volksbund)
ID Plate of the Junker Ju 88 (Credits: Volksbund)
ID Plate of the Junker Ju 88 (Credits: Volksbund)
Wreck of Ju 88 in Russia - November 2019 - 1
Pistons which were found along with the Junker Ju 88 wreck. (Credits: Volksbund)
Erkennungsmarke (Credits: Volksbund)
2 cm ammo found along with the Ju 88 wreckage (Credits: Volksbund)
Location site of the wreck (Credits: Volksbund)
Wreckage found (Credits: Volksbund)

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1 thought on “Wreckage of a Junker Ju 88 found in a Russian Wood”

  1. Those “pistons” are actually connecting rods, which connect pistons with a crankshaft and 2 cm ammo is in general called 20 mm one.

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